Lady Bobcats with their new friends at the Boys & Girls Club
On Monday, January 22nd, several College of the Ozarks volleyball players and Head Coach Stacy Muckenthaler, traveled to the Boys and Girls Club of the Ozarks to lend a helping hand.
The Boys and Girls Clubs from the Branson Tri-Lakes and Springfield areas partnered to provide several volleyball clinics where the youth of each group could meet and spend time together in a fun, learning environment. The Lady Bobcats joined in the excitement by assisting with one of the clinics, teaching some children how to play volleyball for the first time and others ways to improve their abilities on the court.
“Spending time with kids from the Boys and Girls Club was a very rewarding and memorable experience,” stated Lady Bobcat setter Rielly Dobbs. “We were able to teach several skills to kids who had never touched a volleyball. It was fun interacting with them and making a positive impact on their lives.”
Shay Helsel, sophomore defensive specialist for the Lady Cats, commented, “I thought it was really neat how kids came from all over and were willing to give volleyball a try, even if they weren't super interested in the game. It was also cool to see how different communities can come together to play one sport and be able to learn and grow with others they might never have met without volleyball.”
College of the Ozarks Lady Bobcats, who finished their 2017 season with a 30-7 record and qualified to play in the NAIA National Championship tournament, are all about reaching out to the community. They have participated in numerous service projects and have offered volleyball clinics and camps where area youth can further develop their skills. Final details are in process for this year’s clinic, which will be held Friday evening, March 9th, on the College of the Ozarks campus. Additional details will be available on the College’s website in early February.